Man Ver­sus Su­per­bug

SLOW Magazine - - Contents - Text: Brian Berk­man Im­ages © N.matheus | Po­nant Cruises

cruise is de­signed to in­tro­duce its pas­sen­gers to the very best of the South African shores. Port vis­its are typ­i­cally two days, and fea­ture su­perbly ar­ranged ex­cur­sions. Al­though they come at a sup­ple­men­tary rate, the real ad­van­tage of book­ing an ex­cur­sion is that they can ef­fort­lessly be resched­uled when port ar­rival times are de­layed.

In Port El­iz­a­beth, and in Richard’s Bay, tours are of­fered which take guests to Big Five game lodges. An op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the St Lu­cia wet­lands, ac­cessed from Richard’s Bay, is a must. We found it teem­ing with hippo, crocodile and won­der­fully colour­ful birds.

While in Dur­ban, it is worth ex­plor­ing a lit­tle off the beaten track, some­thing that Po­nant does par­tic­u­larly well, and to visit the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Botan­i­cal Gar­dens – a mu­seum with ex­cel­lent South African bird and an­i­mal dis­plays – as well as to view the statue of Ma­hatma Gandhi. The statue stands with its back turned away from the train sta­tion, where he was forcibly moved from First to Third Class be­cause of his race. That ex­pe­ri­ence was a foun­da­tion stone for his fa­mous and heroic fight against op­pres­sion world­wide.

Yet an­other high­light of sail­ing with Po­nant is the cui­sine. Alain Du­casse, a force of na­ture in ex­cep­tional din­ing, is their con­sul­tant and ev­ery chef on board is trained in his qual­ity proven meth­ods. The qual­ity of in­gre­di­ents was par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive and in­cluded but­ter and cheeses by the renowned Bordier and choco­late by Val­rhona. Su­perb meats from France’s Avey­ron re­gion are served with the finest lo­cally-sourced fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Owned by lux­ury French con­glom­er­ate Groupe Artémis, but man­aged by Po­nant founder Jean Em­manuel Sau­vée, Po­nant is ex­actly what you’d ex­pect from a busi­ness with hold­ings in Christie’s, Gucci, Château La­tour and Venice’s Palazzo Grassi gal­leries, to name but a few.

Ev­ery de­tail, from the Her­mès bath­room ameni­ties to the Veuve Clic­quot cock­tail and Ladurée mac­a­roons, re­flects the finest of France. And, as mem­bers of the Charte Bleue d’ar­ma­teurs de France and IAATO (In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Antarc­tica Tour Op­er­a­tors), Po­nant places the preser­va­tion of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment at the heart of its pri­or­i­ties, so you can ex­plore with a clean con­scious.

Le Pon­tant is rep­re­sented in South Africa by De­vel­op­ment Pro­mo­tions. For more info, visit www.de­vprom.co.za. Set sail and vive le France! For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.po­nant.com.

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